October 29, 2012

F UTILITY

calaci lamp 3

Photo: Gian Calaci Lamp

Featuring work by Robert Beatty, Gian Calaci, June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff, Ryan Kelly, Joseph Kucinski, Ellen Molle, Jonathan Muecke, Aili Schmeltz, and Ainsley Wagoner, with musical performances from Eric Lanham and Rob Theakston

On view at Land of Tomorrow, Lexington
November 9-23, 2012
Opening reception on Friday, November 9th at 6pm

Land of Tomorrow is pleased to present F UTILITY: Fringe Objects Outside Form and Function, featuring the work of Robert Beatty, Gian Calaci, June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff, Joseph Kucinski, Ellen Molle, Jonathan Muecke, Aili Schmeltz, and Ainsley Wagoner. F UTILITY will open with a reception on Friday, November 9th from 6 to 10pm. The evening will feature a special performance of “Furniture Music” prepared by Eric Lanham and Rob Theakston.

Curated by Lexington, KY musician and designer Joseph Clark, F UTILITY is a multidisciplinary group exhibition highlighting the work of artists, designers, and architects, all working with qualities and expression found beyond typical consideration of form, function, structure, decoration, or use.

Robert Beatty spends his time moving from explorations of music and audio to the creation of physically unsettling objects and conditions, all intersecting at the crossroads of out-moded technology and the natural world. His contribution to F UTILITY seeks to build on the intensity of his psychedelic illustration found in the most recent Kramers Ergot and his previous installation at Lexington’s Institute 193.

Based out of Austin, Texas, artist and architect Gian Calaci’s work deals with the production of artificial light through methods that capture, distort, and adulterate its form. Taking the lamp and ripping it into a thousand baroque shards, Calaci presents an inverse world of light and dark, seen and unseen, and a craft-based, though thoroughly radical, technological form.

June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff is a collaborative practice between Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and Sam Chermayeff. The duo previously worked together at SANAA in Tokyo from 2005 to 2010. June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff, aims to create work with the goal of getting people to relate to architecture, for architecture to relate to people, and for people to relate to themselves.

Joseph Kucinski is a painter working in Portland, Oregon. He studies, at a monumental scale, how the chaotic forms of ink wash are able to navigate time, memory, and sensation, providing a platform for meditation and reflection.
Wrapping, stitching, and binding primarily in the color Black, Ellen Molle is a fiber artist and musician based in Lexington, KY. She holds a BFA in studio art from University of Kentucky.

A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and former intern architect at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Jonathan Muecke’s work explores the extreme peripheries of design and creation of un-domesticated objects.

The work of Aili Schmeltz is defined by the study of landscape altered by the human hand. Her 2D and 3D work examines the social attitudes and decisions of those alterations, and the resultant human lifestyle shifts.

A musician and designer, Ainsley Wagoner seeks the point at which the simple and lovely begin to reveal dissonance. As a graphic designer and architect, her work explores light, as both a quality and material. Ainsley lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.

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